Tuesday, August 22, 2017

What's in Dumbarton Oaks Museum Pt1: The Medieval Music Room

The museum Music Room
Earlier in August we visited a museum that we had never heard of before in Washington, D.C. called "Dumbarton Oaks." This is one in a series of blogs to highlight some artifacts we found interesting from various cultures. In this blog we'll explore the significane of the music room and tell you about the museum and gardens.

Fence outside the closed garden
THE MUSIC ROOM
On view in the Music Room, the only display space that is part of the former residence, is a collection of Western medieval and Renaissance art and furniture. A meeting there actually led to the formation of the United Nations!

CONCERTS - They also have Sunday Concerts (but they're Pricey!)
Performances take place Sundays at 7:00 p.m. and Mondays at 8:00 p.m. The cost of a full-season subscription is $350. Additional seats may become available for single concerts. Individual ticket sales may be arranged by contacting the Music at Dumbarton Oaks office. The ticket price is $54 per person


History of the Music Room



WHAT IS DUMBARTON OAKS? Now a free museum, Dumbarton Oaks is a historic estate in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It was the residence and gardens of Robert Woods Bliss and his wife Mildred Barnes Bliss. The Dumbarton Oaks Museum is known for its specialized collections of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art. Sixteen acres of the property were transferred to Harvard University in 1940 to establish a research institute for Byzantine studies, Pre-Columbian studies, and studies in the history of gardens and landscape architecture.
For more info and how to get there: https://www.doaks.org/visit/museum

IT ALSO HAS AN AMAZING GARDEN (that was closed when we were there) -In 1920, after a long and careful search, Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss found their ideal country house and garden within Washington, DC. They purchased a fifty-three-acre property, described as an old-fashioned house standing in rather neglected grounds, at the highest point of Georgetown. Within a year, the Blisses hired landscape gardener Beatrix Farrand to design the gardens. Working in happy and close collaboration for almost thirty years, Mildred Bliss and Beatrix Farrand planned every garden detail, each terrace, bench, urn, and border. 

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14